Ski Bags made from Recycled Billboard Vinyl

U.S. highway billboard vinyl is a thin, durable, and recyclable material. A new brand, Epicstoke, has built ski bags made of the material, which might otherwise end up in a landfill.

The bags are made in the USA in Minnesota. Each has “character” via the inked graphics and text that remain from the material’s old days as an advertising sign.

A limited run of just 20 of the ski bags are available now on the brand’s Indiegogo site (scroll down on page).

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Zip-open EpicStoke ski bags are made of up-cycled billboard material

The 191cm double-size ski bag fits one or two pair. It has straps and a waterproof YKK zipper. The company touts it will “stunningly stand out” in any airport baggage area.

Epicstoke will release its ski bags, wallets, a backpack, and more later this year. You can see the company’s Kickstarter effort (they were fully funded!) or the company website for the full scoop.

—Stephen Regenold

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Posted by Markemmanuel - 03/20/2013 01:07 PM

Where does one source the Billboard vinyl. There are quite a few projects I want to do with that material but I haven’t found a place to get recycled billboard vinyl.

—Mark—

Posted by Tony Mills - 03/20/2013 01:58 PM

WOW, what an AWESOME idea!!! Love it.

Mark, I sourced billboard vinyl years ago by asking the billboard guys themselves. We wanted it to make a huge slip and slide. Things may have changed since then and they don’t give it away anymore. Worst thing they can tell you is no. You can always contact Clear Channel, or any other media company and ask them.

Nice write up G.J. guys!

Posted by Ryan - 03/20/2013 02:17 PM

Mark — Long, long ago, I knew a guy that actually put up billboards for a job. Sometimes, they stripped the old stuff. Might find someone locally that does signs and see what they say…

Also, I was disappointed to see that the ski bag goes for $200. If it was around $95, I would have bought it. Maybe after they get going the prices will come down…

Posted by Mike Kilchenstein RAMP Sports - 03/20/2013 04:23 PM

Hi, we use ski and snowboard bags to ship people the skis and snowboards they buy to eliminate cardboard shipping waste, and they can be used again. As we give them away we have to be careful what we spend on them, What price would they be if we bought say 1000 of them?
Thanks

Posted by Hiking Lady - 03/22/2013 11:05 PM

These look great, and it is so nice to see that they are “good” for the environment because they are upcycled. I hope they can make a full line of products like snowshoe bags and duffel bags. I’d love to get some.

Posted by SR - 03/23/2013 04:48 PM
Posted by Joe - 09/17/2013 10:38 AM

Ian, see www.freitag.ch – This idea has been around since the 90’s and Epicstoke has been around since 2010 (before Rareform) and actually came out of a company that has been recycling vinyl in the United States since 1992.

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